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By Efrat Ben-Ze'ev, Ruth Ginio, Jay Winter

Silence lies among forgetting and remembering. This e-book explores how diversified societies have built silences to allow women and men to outlive and make feel of the catastrophic results of armed clash. utilizing a variety of disciplinary techniques, it examines the silences that experience violence in twentieth-century Europe, the center East, and Africa. those essays express that silence is a strong language of remembrance and commemoration and a cultural perform with its personal ideas. This broad-ranging booklet discloses the universality of silence within the methods we predict approximately battle via examples starting from the Spanish Civil warfare and the Israeli-Palestinian clash to the Armenian Genocide and South Africa's fact and Reconciliation fee. Bringing jointly scholarship on diverse practices in numerous cultures, this ebook breaks new floor within the great literature on reminiscence, and opens up new avenues of mirrored image and learn at the lingering aftermath of struggle.

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The fact that they are always presented together clearly points to social systems rather than individuals as the most appropriate context for studying silence. As the foremost manifestation of co-denial, silence is a collective endeavor. ”14 The silence surrounding marital violence, for example, thus involves not only the perpetrator who wants to keep it secret, but also the victim who feels too embarrassed to tell anyone about it as well as other family members, neighbors, and friends who are quite aware of it yet nevertheless unwilling to acknowledge it publicly.

Nonetheless, the overwhelming majority of cases examined in the recent literature concern silences in the arena of politics and public affairs. A common thread that runs through the pages of this book is indeed the 29 30 Svetlana Boym, The future of nostalgia (New York: Basic Books, 2002). Keith Basso, ‘“To give up on words:” Silence in Western Apache culture’, Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, XXVI, 3 (1970), pp. 215–30. Thinking about silence 23 politics of silence. These chapters depict wars or violent events the moral character of which was contested both at the time of the conflict and in its aftermath.

When a society decides to commemorate a happier chapter in its history – a victorious war, for instance – the difficulties of deciding what to say and what not to say are immediately apparent. The key problems arise when wars become democratic. Before the early nineteenth century, nobles or mercenaries waged wars out of a sense of personal honour or for more pecuniary reasons. Only the great or the powerful were immortalised in stone or on canvas. But by the twentieth century, war had become everyone’s business.

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